CONSUMER COALITION RECOMMENDS POLICIES FOR FUTURE OF HEALTH IT INCENTIVE PROGRAM

A coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient advocacy, and labor groups Nov. 20 released a set of principles for improving care coordination among health-care providers they hope will influence future stages of the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use programs.

The coalition urged health-care providers to communicate more with their patients and their patients’ families to develop personalized care plans and get patients take a more active role in their health goals, officials with the Consumer Partnership for eHealth said. This has been a major goal for the Officer of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Centers as they shape Stage 3 of the meaningful use program, which is being shaped now but won’t take effect until 2015.

Policymakers could use the principles as a model for payment reform when shaping the future of the meaningful use program, which has paid more than $16 billion to health-care provides and hospitals to use electronic health records, the coalition said.

The document is available at http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/health-care/HIT/consumer-principles-for-1.pdf

 

Alex Ruoff

Alex joined Bloomberg BNA in 2012 as a reporter, covering health IT regulation and industry news. He writes for Bloomberg BNA’s Health IT Law and Industry Report and primarily covers the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and IT-related programs of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Health IT coverage often sends him to congressional committee hearings, conferences, and to the offices of industry leaders.

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